New York could lift school mask mandate by March, Hochul says


New York plans to reevaluate its mask mandate for schools in March, Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Wednesday.

It is “a very strong possibility” the mandate will be lifted by the second week of March, if COVID trends continue to drop, Hochul said. Cases and hospitalizations have been dropping dramatically after a sudden explosion fueled by the omicron variant.

The governor stressed that the decision whether to remove masks will not be based on any single factor, but on a combination of indicators such as positivity rates, vaccinations, and hospital admissions.

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